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Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

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Early Patch for Early Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 is not due for official release until Tuesday, but apparently copies of the game are available early in some regions, and are already in the hands of eager customers (thanks GameWatcher). Rather than try to lock these users out, publisher Square Enix and developer Avalanche Studios are looking to support them, noting that the release version will benefit from some tweaks and bug fixes. They are accelerating their plans for a day one patch, which will now be something like a day minus four patch, and this should be out soon if not already. Here's the explanation from a blog post on the topic:

Hi everyone,

We’re aware of the fact that in some territories, Just Cause 3 is available ahead of its official release, which means many of you are enjoying Rico’s latest adventure early.

While we’re glad you’re getting familiar with Medici before Tuesday, this does mean that you’re playing the unpatched version of the game, and a host of fixes and improvements will be available within the next 24 hours.

Please keep an eye out for the update on PS4, Xbox One and PC this weekend!

Continue here to read the full story.

Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge Free on Origin

Origin's On the House program now offers Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and the Yuri's Revenge expansion for the classic real-time strategy sequel as free downloads (thanks PC Invasion). The only requirement is a free Origin account to get them during this offer and they will be yours to keep. Here's the description of the game, in case you don't recall it from when it was released in 2000:

The world erupts in conflict as Soviet forces invade American soil in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2. Time travel has helped to eliminate the German threat, and now the Soviets are expanding into the West unchecked. You are the Supreme Commander. Arm yourself to the teeth with top-secret technologies and lead the Soviet or Allied troops to victory.

Plus, defeat an army of mind-controlled Soviet forces in the expansion Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge.

Saturday Previews

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • AK RACING Nitro Gaming Chair on Nikk Tech.
  • D-Link DCS-2630L 1080p Ultra-Wide View IP Wi-Fi Camera on TweakTown.
  • Sharp GX-BT7 2.1-Channel Wireless Bluetooth Speaker on TweakTown.
  • Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Silent Mid-tower Chassis on eTeknix.
  • TP-LINK Touch P5 AC1900 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router on Mad Shrimps.


Out of the Blue

It's been a fine old Thanksgiving weekend, but it still isn't going to feel complete until I can sit down and watch Babes in Toyland/March of the Wooden Soldiers. This was a staple on TV for the occasion throughout my childhood, and it never fails to make me feel like a kid again. "Upset? I'm housebroken!"

Links in Toyland: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: The Sequence.
Links: 5 Black Friday Myths the Media Wants You to Believe. Old but relevant.
42 Million Dead In Bloodiest Black Friday Weekend On Record. Old but funny.
Stories: Workington man is thrown a surprise birthday party by McDonald's. Thanks reddit.
Media: Sir Ian McKellen: Reddit Ask Me Anything.
Siberian Husky Bench Carved By Jordan Anderson.
Try to Watch This Without Laughing or Grinning #11 (REACT).

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Friday, Nov 27, 2015

Windows and OS X PS4 Remote Play Plans

In reply to a question on the topic, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida tweets that the company has plans for an official Remote Play application to stream PlayStation 4 games to Windows and OS X PCs (thanks Gamasutra). Here's the tweet, though we've spoiled the gist of it already: "Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac. :D."

Pre-Steam Sale Prices Raised?

A tweet from Steam Spy reveals that some data slurped by the data slurping site show that prices on some games went up before the fall Steam sale. Word is: "A number of games increased their prices just before the Autumn Sale so they can offer a 'discount' during it. Again. Why is it allowed?" They go on to offer a few examples: "Wreckfest was $29.99, now $34.99 with 50% discount - Auto Dealership Tycoon was $4.99, now $5.99 - 20% - Epistory was $9.99, now $12.99 - 10%." Thanks DSOGaming.

Defect Early Access Next Week

Three Phase Interactive announces that Defect will hit early access on Steam on December 1st, offering the chance to play this crowdfunded Windows and OS X game where you design and build your own spaceship, only to lose it to "inevitable" mutiny by your ungrateful crew. This trailer celebrate the early access release, showing off gameplay and helping understand the unusual rebellion twist. This post from a couple of weeks ago describes what features the early access launch will include, saying: "Initial release will include around 30 missions, where you can unlock all the Standard sized ship components, and will be available for PC and Mac." Continue here to read the full story.

PES 2016 F2P on PlayStations

Konami officially announces details about plans for a free-to-play edition of Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, saying this is coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. This plan was first tipped last week by an Australian Classification listing, but the official announcement makes no mention of the F2P edition of the sport simulation coming to Windows, so it may be that this will be a PlayStation exclusive. Word is:

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. has announced a free-to-play edition of its best-selling PES 2016 soccer title for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3.

Starting Dec. 8, those who haven’t yet experienced PES 2016, this year’s highest rated soccer title for home gaming consoles, will be able to download a free, entry-level version of the game which boasts an Exhibition Mode complete with the choice of seven teams including Bayern Munich, Juventus, AS Roma, Brazil and France. There is also a full Training section and the popular myClub feature. This version will allow new users to experience PES 2016’s online and offline play, and unlimited access to the myClub mode wherein players use accrued in-game currency and micro-transactions to build a title-winning team.

Mastertronic in Administration

U.K. publisher Mastertronic has entered administration to due to insolvency, reports MCV, saying that the good news is a deal is in the works to buy the business and retain the existing team, minus current Managing Director Andy Payne. Word is the company, the second to use the Mastertronic name, suffered a setback when middle-eastern investors reneged on a deal, leaving them overextended and in need of rescue, which did not arrive in time. They quote Payne on the prospects of the company reforming: "The new company will focus on flight and train simulation only and I will not be employed by the new company, although I may be asked to advise, and my future is now in my own hands again."

On Sale

Black Friday Crowdfunding Roundup

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Black Friday Interviews

Black Friday Consolidation

Black Friday Mobilization

Black Friday Metaverse

Black Friday Tech Bits

Black Friday Safety Dance

Black Friday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

Happy Black Friday! I hope none of you got crushed in our doorbuster here (everything is 99% off here today). All kidding aside, here's hoping you are making out okay if you did actually choose to brave the crowds today, and you avoided tramplings and other disasters. We had a fine old time for Thanksgiving, and are perfectly happy just relaxing and figuring out what to do with leftovers, including a couple of pounds of Chex Mix. I may end up having some to spread on icy sidewalks.

Black Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Spaceman Max 2.
Story: Police respond to woman screaming, find man afraid of a spider. Thanks Claudius.
Images: "Deadpool" Offers A Thanksgiving Photo.
Media: The Hateful Eight Featurette - Ultra Panavision (2015).
Kid Has Great Moves.
Smokestack Implosion Fail. Run Forest!

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